Birth Name: Jamesetta Hawkins
Date of Birth: January 25, 1938
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Death: January 20, 2012
Place of Death: Riverside, California, U.S.
*likely Swiss (father)
Etta James was an American singer.
Her mother, Dorothy Hawkins, was African-American. According to Etta, her biological father was Rudolf Wanderone, “Minnesota Fats,” a professional billiards player, who was the son of Swiss parents, Rudolf/Rudolph Walter Wanderone and Rosa/Rose Bergin/Burgin. Etta was raised in Watts, South Central Los Angeles.
Etta was married to Artis Mills, and had two children.